COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Public Library is one of the best in the country -- at least that's what an award bestowed upon the library network on Monday.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has named RCPL as one of 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.
"What an incredible privilege to be named one of the top five libraries in the country," Melanie Huggins, Richland Library Executive Director, said in a statement. "Not only does this recognition shine a positive spotlight on our community, but it acknowledges the efforts of our staff – that they are truly making a difference in the lives of local residents."
The Richland Library has been a finalist for the award the last two years.
"We are in the business of helping people make their lives better," Huggins said. "It just so happens in the 21st century we have a lot of different tools in a lot of different ways to make that happen so it's not just about books and technology. It's about how we connect with the community."
Huggins will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to accept the award.